Site Selection Won’t Delay Fire Academy Programs

Site Selection Won’t Delay Fire Academy Programs

Programs sponsored by the National Fire Academy will not wait for the selection of a site for the academy, Dr. Joseph Clark, acting administrator of the National Fire Prevention and Control Administration, declared during a talk at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Howard County, Md., last May 28.

Speaking to the fire casualties conference sponsored by the laboratory, Clark said he was not referring to the academy getting involved in programs now existing throughout the nation but about building and assisting the expansion of fire service activities.

He said that one of the big jobs for the fire administration is to bring people together from many locations and professions to discuss fire problems and have them apply their various specialties to the solutions of these problems. Bringing opinion leaders to the fire academy to obtain information that they can disseminate upon returning to their communities is one of the major objectives of the academy, Clark stated.

Favors lean start

Speaking of funding for the fire administration, Clark commented, “I’d rather be lean and hard these first few years” and indicated that the $11 million in the budget for fiscal 1976 is sufficient for the amount of work that can be accomplished next year. He noted that this sum represents almost twice the $6 million allocated to the administration in the current fiscal year.

As for the proposed national fire data center, Clark said there is a need to build a system “where we can act as a traffic cop to tell people where to find information in other libraries,” such as those of the Forest Service in the Department of Agriculture, the National Fire Protection Association and others.

Four data systems

At the same conference, James Slater of the National Bureau of Standards pointed out that there are four existing sources of fire data, one of which is the fire administration’s national fire data system. This system has two parts—a fire experience survey and a fire incidence system. The fire experience survey, Slater explained, incorporates data from many sources, including insurance companies. The fire incidence system is presently collecting data from nine communities that has been coded according to NFPA Standard 901, “Uniform Coding for Fire Protection.”

The other data systems are the national electronic injury surveillance (for product-related hazards) and the flammable fabrics incident case and testing systems, both of the Consumer Protection Standards Commission, and the synthetic polymer fire incident case and testing system of the National Bureau of Standards.

Both the flammable fabrics and polymer systems have small data bases and are not designed to be statistically representative of the United States, Slater explained. The flammable fabrics survey will be concluded soon, he added.

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